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November mention for Baba

By ARISHMA DEVI Former Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua party official Jale Baba, who denies a charge of attempted larceny, will appear for mention in the Suva Magistrates Court on November
05 Oct 2012 13:39

By ARISHMA DEVI

Former Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua party official Jale Baba, who denies a charge of attempted larceny, will appear for mention in the Suva Magistrates Court on November 12.
Baba and his alleged accomplice, who is now deceased, were charged with one count of attempted larceny and one count of conversion for allegedly attempting to sell a Government vehicle to a farmer on March 13, 2000.
The trial was first heard in the Suva Magistrates Court on January 7, 2008. The Magistrate acquitted both men, ruling there was no case to answer in late in 2010.
The State then appealed against the acquittals, which High Court judge Justice Daniel Goundar set aside and ordered the trial to proceed before the same Magistrate.
The case was transferred to another Magistrate.
The new Magistrate, without making a decision on how the trial would proceed, transferred the matter to the High Court.
Justice Goundar ordered that the transfer be quashed and the case be remitted to the Magistrates Court and the presiding Magistrate would have the discretion to either proceed with the case on the record of the previous Magistrate or start a new trial.




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